Kenneth Rayner

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Kenneth Rayner (June 20, 1808 – March 4, 1884) was a whig U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1839 and 1845.

Born in Bertie County, North Carolina, Rayner attended Tarborough Academy, then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1829. Rayner moved to Hertford County, where he practiced law.

In 1835, Rayner was a delegate to the state Constitutional Convention; he served terms in the North Carolina House of Commons in 1835 and 1836 before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 1838. He served three terms as a Whig, in the 26th, 27th, and 28th Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1845).

Rayner did not run for a fourth term in 1844, but returned to the State House in 1846, 1848, and 1850, and was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1854.

In 1871 Rayner was appointed by President Grant as one of the court commissioners to settle the Alabama Claims. From 1877 to 1884 he was Solicitor of the United States Treasury. Rayner died in Washington, DC on March 4, 1884 and is buried in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel T. Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

1839–1843
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Clingman
Preceded by
Augustine H. Shepperd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 9th congressional district

1843–1845
Succeeded by
Asa Biggs
Legal offices
Preceded by
George F. Talbot
Solicitor of the United States Treasury
1877–1884
Succeeded by
Henry S. Neal